#MeToo movement: Elnaaz Norouzi accuses ‘Namaste England’ director Vipul Shah of sexual harassment

Web Desk: Pakistani actress Elnaaz who make her Lollywood debut with movie Man Jao Naa and Khido Khundi has accused Bollywood director V Paul of sexually harassing her.

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She described her interactions with Vipul Shah and alleged that he always tried to touch her inappropriately and tried to kiss her on various occasions.

In a long account in published in Mid-Day, Elnaaz details how Vipul kept her in the running for a small role in his film for months without ever actually casting her. She says he took several auditions of her but kept postponing signing her up for the film. “I met him again in his office, and again he mentioned, “We will sign the papers over the next couple of days.” This time, when we were saying bye, he came on to me. It was too close for comfort. I didn’t get the right vibe. He gave a peck on my face. I didn’t expect it,” she said.

Elnaaz says it was ‘evident’ that Vipul wanted sexual favours from her in exchange of a role in his film. “I was mentally tortured for three months. It was evident that if I slept with Vipul, I would get the part. Every time I went to his office, he tried (to hit) on me. He (would) inappropriately touch me, and (try to) kiss me,” she said.

Elnaaz Norouzi is an Iranian actress and model who has appeared in films like Maan Jao Naa and Khido Khundi. She plays Zoya in Netflix India’s first original show Sacred Games. She has also appeared with Guru Randhawa in his music video for his Made in India.

The #MeToo movement in India started after Tanushree in September recalled an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of Horn OK Pleassss in 2008. After that, a slew of controversies surrounding Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Chetan Bhagat, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath have emerged.

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